Thomas Mboya (Joseph Odhiambo) (1930-1969)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Tom Mboya, born on August 15, 1930 in Kilimambogo, Kenya on a sisal plantation estate, was a Kenyan nationalist, trade union leader, and government minister. His parents were Luo agricultural workers who, as recently converted Catholics, sent him to mission schools … Read MoreThomas Mboya (Joseph Odhiambo) (1930-1969)

Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (1934-2002)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Jonas Malheiro Savimbi, Angolan insurgent fighter and longtime leader of The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), was born in Munhango, Angola on August 3, 1934 to Helena Mbundu Savimbi and Loth Savimbi. Savimbi’s father was a railway … Read MoreJonas Malheiro Savimbi (1934-2002)

Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1985)

Chief Obafemi Awolowo in Washington, D.C., March 20, 1956 Image ©Jim Mahan/Bettmann/Corbis Nigerian nationalist, politician, lawyer, statesman, and chancellor, Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo was born on March 6, 1909 in Ogun State, Nigeria, where he commenced his political career. Awolowo attended various local schools in Ogun … Read MoreObafemi Awolowo (1909-1985)

Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932)

Sol Plaatje, first Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC) was born October 9th 1876.  In addition to his political involvements, Plaatje was an interpreter, linguist, journalist and the first black South African novelist. Plaatje was raised in the Pniel mission station of the Lutheran … Read MoreSolomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876–1932)